2023 Price Family In-Hand Championship Semi-Final Relocated to NPS Great British In Hand Show

Horse of the Year Show have announced that the judging of the Semi-Final series for the 2023 Price Family In-Hand Championship is moving! It will be relocated to the National Pony Society’s Great British In Hand Show taking place on Saturday 2nd of September at the Oakridge Arena near Newark. 


Introduced in 2021 the Semi-Final series for The Price Family In-Hand Championship at Horse of the Year Show has proved a popular addition into the calendar for in-hand competitors. The series was introduced to enable breed shows and shows offering a smaller variety of in-hand classes, with the opportunity to host a semi-final.  The winner of the semi-final shows then come forward to the In-Hand Championship to gain qualification for the renowned and prestigious championship at HOYS.

The relocation of the semi-final is intended to provide in-hand competitors greater scope to compete and exhibit their animals at a dedicated in-hand championship.

The National Pony Society commented: “The inclusion of the Price Family Semi-Final Championship into the Great British In Hand Show will add another exciting dimension to the show and we are delighted that Grandstand Media have allowed us this opportunity.” 

Chairman Jayne McAuliffe continued: “The Great British In Hand Show was created by the National Pony Society to provide a platform for breeders and producers of our wonderful native ponies and the British Riding Pony. By offering an exciting and electric evening performance to crown the best of each breed plus our champion home produced and home bred ponies, the NPS aims to breathe new life into the in-hand sector.”

Jemima Walker, Equestrian Manager of Horse of the Year Show commented “As a show we are committed to continually developing this series for the benefit of competitors and breeders of all light horses and ponies, irrespective of breed or type. The feedback from this series for in-hand competitors has been greatly received and we trust that this move will see this series continue to grow in strength and depth. Working with the National Pony Society we hope to support the work that they are doing for the future of the Riding Pony and the broader promotion of in-hand competition.”  

For your chance to qualify for the Great British In Hand Show and to be in with a chance of Horse of the Year Show qualification the list of Semi-Final Shows are available on the HOYS website.  

Image: Winner of the 2022 Semi Final, Rotherwood Firefox. Credit: 1st Class Images

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